Cambuslang and Rutherglen Schools Cross Country Races

A good turn out this morning for the local schools cross country races organised by Ronhill Cambuslang Harriers, particularly the P6/7. A big thank you to the athletes volunteers, parents and schools, full results on the website.

P6/7 Girls
1. Emily Watson, Westcoats 7:00
2. Eilidh Kennedy, James Ayton 7:08
3. Rhiannon Morris, Hallside 7:14

P6/7 Boys
1. Euan McLew, Westcoats 5:55
2. Francis MacPhee, St Columbkilles 6:16
3. Sean Friel, St Columbkilles 6:27

S1/2 Girls
1. Chloe Burton, Cathkin 7:45
2. Brooke Silva, Mearn Castle 7:47
Lauren McEwan, Trinity 7:50

S1/2 Boys
1. Aaron Lonie, Stonelaw 7:06
2. Keir Crawford, Cathkin 7:08
3. Max Monteith, Stonelaw 7:34

S3+ Boys
1. Lewis Tracey, Trinity 6:35
2. James Duffy, Trinity 7:25

 

Full Results

http://cambuslangharriers.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Schools-Sep-2014-results.xlsx

Club Presentation Evening – Friday 29th August 2014

An important reminder to all athletes, parents and coaches that the annual club presentation evening will be held at the Cambuslang Rugby and Sports Club on Friday 29th August 2014 – 7.30pm for 8.00 pm.  Tickets which include a buffet are priced at £5, with concessions available for family tickets.  Tickets should be on sale at the club from next Tuesday (12th August) although you can contact any coach or official to put your name down in advance of this.  Hopefully the event will be well attended by club members. Any Under 14’s must be accompanied by an adult. We will be holding a raffle on the night, so any prizes will be gratefully received. The list of prizewinners for 2013-14 is as follows:

U11 Boys                                     U11 Girls
1 Euan McLew                             1 Cloe Burton
2 Jordan Davies                           2 Eilidh Kennedy

U13 Boys                                     U13 Girls
1 Ryan Stephen                            No Award
2 Drew Pollock
3 Ruaidhri McGregor

U15 Boys                                      U15 Girls      
1 Struan Paton                              1 Olivia Mulholland
2 Gavin Smith                                2 Lauren Carey
3 Keir Morton

U17 Boys                                     U17 Girls       
1 Jack McGregor                          1 Eve MacKinnon
2 Sean Reilly
3 Scott Somerville

Junior Men                                  Junior Women
1 Ryan Thomson                          1 Katie Bristow
2 Ross Stephen

Senior Men                                  Senior Women           
1 Robert Gilroy                              1 Caitie Gorton-Phillips
2 Ben Hukins                                 2 Sarah Benson
3 Ian McCorquodale                      3 Alex Lamond

Veteran Men
1 Jamie Reid
2 Scott Hunter

Super Veteran Men
1 Colin Feechan
2 Frank Hurley

Meritorious Award
Announced at the presentation evening

The Passing of a Legend

As intimated through our Google group last Thursday evening, we were all saddened to hear of the death of Jimmy Sands, one of the club’s great characters. The Email responses exemplified how much he was revered within the club, and he will be sadly missed. His funeral will take place on Friday 6th June at 1pm, Woodside Crematorium, Paisley. Family flowers only please, however, if you feel you need to do something a donation to Accord Hospice would be appreciated by the family.

A great tribute to Jimmy by Richard Brickley can be found on the following link:

http://www.scottishathletics.org.uk/index.php?p=221

Scottish 5K Road Championships

Wednesday night’s race was a tremendous success for the club.  We convincingly won the team title for the first time (15 points) ahead of Central (26) and Shettleston (28) who fielded the same team which pipped us for the Scottish 10 mile team championship.Grant took an excellent 2nd place and first U20 in a very strong field while taking 27 seconds off his pb.  Hopefully Grant will shortly be selected to represent Scotland in the Triathlon for the Commonwealth Games.  Good back up came from Ben and Stuart who in 6th and 7th were just outside the 15 minute mark taking some good scalps in the process.  Kerry-Liam in 13th place/15.16 took the O40 title for the 4th successive year  just holding off Robert by 2 seconds.  Ryan in his first year as an U20 took the silver medal in that category and 19th overall with a spirited finish which took him past his age group rival Andrew Lawler.  Ryan’s pb time of 15.30 was all the more remarkable as he had a heavy fall at the 600 metre mark when another athlete cut across him.  The cuts on his right elbow are clearly visible on the video clip.  Bobby continued his recent good form finishing 22nd in a road pb of 15.51.  Next RHC runner home was George who broke 17 minutes for the first time to smash his pb by 25 seconds.

Alex and Caitlin were our 2 female representatives with Katie unfortunately unable to start due to an ankle injury.  Alex ran a stormer to finish 9th lady in a time of 17.37 which smashed her pb by 63 seconds.  This was a fitting reward for the hard work Alex puts into her training.  It was good to see Caitlin clock 19.33 to continue her progress after a long spell out of  competition due to injury.

Medals Galore at Scottish Road Race Relays

After adjusting some teams due to late call offs, team manager David Cooney was confident that the club would give a good account of itself in defending both M40 and M50 masters titles and attempting to improve upon last year’s 3rd place for the senior men’s team.  His confidence was rewarded once again with some fine performances.

After a misty morning in Livington, the athletes lined up for a midday start in somewhat cold and breezy conditions, with the relay legs alternating between a short leg (3.1m) followed by a long leg (5.8m).

Caitlin on the 1st leg

Caitlin on the 1st leg

Caitlin Hendry was our only lady athlete to make the start line.  It was great to see her back competing again and she ran a very competitive sub 20 min time on the first leg to finish 14th.

Stuart Gibson leads the field over the curly bridge

Stuart Gibson leads the field over the curly bridge

5 RHC mens teams lined up on the 1st leg.  Club captain Stuart Gibson forced the pace early on and eventually came home 1st to hand over to Kyle McLellan for the 1st long leg. Kyle ran a great leg on his course debut (6th fastest long leg) to come home in 2nd place, only 28 secs behind in-form British internationalist Andrew Butchart from Central AC (fastest long leg). Next off was Anglo Ian Rawlinson who ran a stormer to close the gap to only 18 seconds at the end of lap 3, recording the 2nd fastest short leg of the day. With the 3rd placed team over 3 minutes behind it was already clear that only RHC had any chance of stopping Central AC from making it a hat trick of victories in this race. Ben Hukins took off on the 4th leg and despite recording the 7th fastest long leg time, he couldn’t prevent Central AC from opening a lead of just over 70 seconds. Josh Lilly took over on leg 5 and produced the fastest short leg time of the day, closing on the leaders with every stride, with the gap at the end of lap 5 reduced to only 9 seconds. In form Robert Gilroy took off on the anchor leg but Central AC showed their class once again to open up a comfortable lead that they maintained to the line, and despite Robert posting a top 10 fastest long leg time the team had to settle for the silver medals 63 seconds behind worthy winners Central AC but well clear of 3rd place Corstorphine AC.  In achieving the silver medals RHC were only 13 seconds away from their club record time.

Silver medalists Ben Hukins, Robert Gilroy, Kyle McLellan and Josh Lilly - missing are Stuart Gibson and Ian Rawlinson.

Silver medalists Ben Hukins, Robert Gilroy, Kyle McLellan and Josh Lilly – missing are Stuart Gibson and Ian Rawlinson.

Ian Rawlinson on his way to recording the fastest 3rd lap leg.

Meanwhile the M40 vets had made a solid start to the defence of their title, with relay debutant James Healy finishing the 1st leg in 2nd place. Experienced Jamie Reid took over and had us only 11 seconds behind new leaders Corstorphine AC after leg 2. The placings remained the same after leg 3, with Scott Hunter keeping us well in touch, with Kirkintilloch Olympians and Shettleston in 3rd and 4th place. Kerry-Liam Wilson was off next in the 4th leg and put the team into the lead for the 1st time, recording the fastest long leg overall in the M40 race, with doubt cast on the course taken by the now 2nd and 3rd placed teams behind. On the 5th leg Mick O’Hagan ran another solid leg as Kirkintilloch Olympians took the lead by 9 secs at the end of the penultimate lap. Greg Hastie was assigned the last lap and it took all of his experience to slowly close the gap on the Kirkie athlete. 7 seconds behind with 1.5 miles to go, the encouragement from the club members urged Greg on and he drew level with only 200 yards to go in the tightest finish of the day, but his explosive sprint meant there was only going to be one winner and the title was going home once again to Cambuslang for the 4th consecutive year.  As an added bonus the vets finished in 9th place overall to give RHC 3 teams in the top 10.

Winning M40 team of Kerry-Liam Wilson, Scott Hunter, James Healy and Mick OL'Hagan. Missing are Jamie Reid and Greg Hastie

Winning M40 team of Kerry-Liam Wilson, Scott Hunter, James Healy and Mick OL’Hagan. Missing are Jamie Reid and Greg Hastie

Jamie Reid looking strong on the 2nd lag

Jamie Reid looking strong on the 2nd lag

Greg Hastie powering the M40's to a last lap victory

Greg Hastie powering the M40’s to a last lap victory

The M50 team had also started with their intentions to the fore as Ross Arbuckle built up a 1st leg lead of nearly a minute over Central AC and Bellahouston RR to hand over to Dave Thom. Although still building up his fitness, Dave put the team first in electing to do a long leg and his 100% effort resulted in an increased gap of 75 seconds over 2nd place Lothian RC after leg 2. Frank Hurley, running his 1st ever short leg over this course, recorded the fastest M50 3rd leg to hand a 2 minute lead to Colin Feechan on the anchor leg, and this was increased to over 3 minutes as Colin recorded the fastest M50 long leg of the day.  This was another title retained by RHC as Carnegie H and Central AC finished 2nd and 3rd overall.

Winning M50 Team of Ross Arbuckle, Colin Feechan, Dave Thom and Frank Hurley

Winning M50 Team of Ross Arbuckle, Colin Feechan, Dave Thom and Frank Hurley

Barnie on the 1st leg

Barnie on the 1st leg

Shaz on the 2nd leg with his faithful water bottle

Shaz on the 2nd leg with his faithful water bottle

Al Campbell powering on during the 3rd leg

Al Campbell powering on during the 3rd leg

David Cooney on the 3rd leg

David Cooney on the 3rd leg

Bobby Bristow continuing his fine form on the 2nd leg for the B team

Bobby Bristow continuing his fine form on the 2nd leg for the B team

Although not in the medals, the Senior B team finished in 7th place overall, ahead of all but 4 other “A” teams. This was due to fine performances by Shaun Butler, Gordon Robertson, Al Campbell, Bobby Bristow, Johnny MacNamara and Kenny O’Neill.

Our other incomplete team saw a welcome return from Barnie Gough on leg 1, supported by Shaz Hakeem, David Cooney and Robert Rossborough and a big thanks to Jim Orr who stepped in to help with the team management to allow David Cooney to compete.

Kenny McNeill looking strong on the last leg for the B team

Kenny McNeill looking strong on the last leg for the B team

 

Rutherglen and Cambuslang Sports Council awards

Ronhill Cambuslang Harriers won several awards on Tuesday 11th March at the Rutherglen and Cambuslang Sports Performers of the year awards, in Rutherglen Town Hall.

Kade Thomas won the Junior Male
The club won Team of the year
Frank Hurley won the Veteran award
and club stalwart Robert Anderson won the Scottish Association of Local sports Council Award, and also a Special award for his long and valued contribution to local sport

Full results:-

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Down By The River Race Results

Hope you all enjoyed the race, many thanks for coming along, report to follow, results below

3K Results – DBTR 3k results 2014DT

10K Results – DBTR Race Results 10k 2014DT

10k prize list – DBTR Prizes 2014DT

Young Ryan Stephen Starts The Ball Rolling At The Scottish Cross Country Championships For RONHILL Cambuslang Harriers

Ronhill Cambuslang Harriers enjoyed a successful day out at the Scottish Cross Country Championships at Falkirk on Saturday 22 February with an individual and team gold medal, team silver and an individual and 2 team bronze medals. In addition the club retained the AT Mays Trophy for the 3rd successive year which is awarded to the best overall male club across the 5 different age categories. The club has the proud record of having won this trophy on 19 occasions out of a possible 27.

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RHC Vets 6-year team domination finally broken at Scottish Masters XC Champs

There were medals galore for RHC Vets at the Scottish Masters XC championships at Hawick on Saturday 1st February 2014, but team gold eluded them for the 1st time since 2007, a quite remarkable winning streak.

These championships are the annual target race for the elite Scottish Masters athletes, and it also attracts a number of Anglo Scots hoping to claim a medal, as individual age-groups are competed for within 5-year age groups, starting with the over 40’s. The Scottish Veterans Harriers Club also use this race as a guideline for selection for the annual British & Irish XC International race later in the year, thus the competition was once again very fierce throughout all age groups.

Despite 3 injury call offs within 48 hours of the event RHC were represented by 11 athletes at the exposed Hawick course, with Kerry-Liam Wilson, Dave Thom, and Frank Hurley hoping to defend their hard earned M40, M50 and M60 Scottish titles won at Forres last year.

The 1st race of the day saw Robert Anderson compete in the M65 category over a 2-lap 6k course. The attire worn by the women and over 65 men was a sure indication that conditions were extreme, to say the least, over this challenging course. The driving wind and severe wind chill were causing problems for many. Robert was hoping to improve upon his 4th place from last year, but was still in that position with only ½ mile from the finish, with ex-Scottish internationalist Colin Youngson of Forres AC looking to have opened up an uncatchable gap.  With encouragement from team members, Robert picked up the pace and steadily closed the gap, but it wasn’t until the final 50 metres that he finally moved in to the bronze medal position, to secure his first individual age group medal.

Robert Anderson on his way to M65 bronze.

Robert Anderson on his way to M65 bronze.

The 2nd race was a 2-lap 8k course for the M40-M60 age groups, and the weather appeared to worsen with driving sleet adding to the challenging conditions. Indeed one athlete from another club required medical help before the race.

Kerry-Liam was aiming to secure the overall title for the 3rd time in 5 years, and his 4th M40 age group title in a row. He took the lead from the gun, and led the field through the worsening conditions into the head-on wind and sleet. As Kerry-Liam upped the pace, only Bill Richardson of Irvine AC could keep in touch, with Keith Hood & Gordon Clarke of Corstorphine AC battling it out for the bronze. Whilst Kerry-Liam had opened up an early gap, at one stage on the 2nd lap Billy caught up with Kerry-Liam before Kerry-Liam forged ahead once again. Kerry-Liam had taken a heavy fall as he hit a muddy part of the course at the start of the 2nd lap but recovered enough to stay ahead, and eventually finished only 8 seconds ahead of his impressive Irvine rival, who also took a tumble near the end. Keith Hood secured the bronze in 3rd place. In many ways this was Kerry-Liam’s most impressive performance at these championships, and his efforts and the effects of the weather were evident post race.

Kerry-Liam and Billy battle it out at Hawick

Kerry-Liam and Billy battle it out at Hawick

Kerry-Liam after making a decisive break.

Kerry-Liam after making a decisive break.

Meanwhile Kenny MacPherson was cutting through the field with a great 2nd lap, and he secured his first individual medal as he finished in 16th place and 3rd M45 overall, coming in as 2nd counter for the club. Next home and 1st M55 was Colin Feechan in 23rd place, and Scott Hunter was our final counter in 40th place, only 2 places ahead of the fast finishing Mick O’Hagan. Frank Hurley had his usual titantic battle with rival and friend Andy McLinden of Hamilton Harriers for the M60’s title, with Frank retaining his gold medal and Andy easily securing the silver. Next over the line were Paul Thompson, Dave Thom and Alick Walkinshaw but none of them were pleased with their runs as they succumbed somewhat to the conditions, but whilst others (including internationalists) stepped off the course our guys persevered to finish. Many runners described this as the worst race conditions they had encountered, “brutal” and “unforgiving” were some of the kinder comments heard.

Unfortunately due to a mix up in the start times printed on the course map, and mistakenly confirmed on the course by one of the stewards, one of our leading athletes missed the start and did not compete. However, this hiccup should not detract from the magnificent job completed by the stewards on the day, and of the work completed by Alex Jackson and his team once again in organising the event, through to production of the results, a great asset to Scottish Athletics.

RHC were well beaten into 2nd place in the overall team race by Corstorphine AC, who were worthy winners with Keith Hood, Gordon Clarke, Stuart Campbell and Richard Lewis securing the title. Likewise Portobello RC deservedly secured the Over 50’s team title, led by Peter Buchanan (3rd M50) and Willie Jarvie (3rd M55), and supported by Steve Crane.

Race winner and M40 gold medallist Kenny-Liam

Race winner and M40 gold medallist Kenny-Liam

Kenny MacPherson on his way to M45 bronze

Kenny MacPherson on his way to M45 bronze

Kenny Mac storming through the field.

Kenny Mac storming through the field.

Colin running well on the 1st lap.

Colin running well on the 1st lap.

Colin on his way to the M55 gold despite feeling the conditions.

Colin on his way to the M55 gold despite feeling the conditions.

Scott mixing it on the 1st lap.

Scott mixing it on the 1st lap.

Scott securing 4th counter despite close attention behind.

Scott securing 4th counter despite close attention behind.

Frank opening up a gap as leading M60 on the 1st lap.

Frank opening up a gap as leading M60 on the 1st lap.

Frank Hurley well on his way to retaining his M60 gold.

Frank Hurley well on his way to retaining his M60 gold.

Mick finishing strongly.

Mick finishing strongly.

Paul mixing it on the 1st lap.

Paul mixing it on the 1st lap.

Paul fighting the elements.

Paul fighting the elements.

Dave digging in on the 1st lap.

Dave digging in on the 1st lap.

Dave on the 2nd lap.

Dave on the 2nd lap.

Alick finding his 1st Masts XC champs challenging.

Alick finding his 1st Masts XC champs challenging.

Frank receiving his gold medal for winning the M60 title.

Frank receiving his gold medal for winning the M60 title.

Team runners-up - Kenny, Scott, Colin and Kerry-Liam

Team runners-up – Kenny, Scott, Colin and Kerry-Liam

Harriers Defend Scottish Veteran Relay Titles

Ronhill Cambuslang successfully defended their Over 35 and Over 50 team titles today at Strathclyde Park, in atrocious conditions for the first couple of legs with driving sleet and high winds, but in typical Scottish winter style, by the last leg the skies were blue and the sun was out.

winning M35 team:- 8 Greg Hastie 21:21,6 Johnny Macnamara 20:34, 2 Kerry-Liam Wilson 18:45, 1 Robert Gilroy 18:17 (fatest lap)

winning M50 team:- 21 Alick Walkinshaw 22:13, 13 Jack Brown 21:26, 10 Paul  Thomson 20:44 (fastest lap), 8 Colin  Feechan 20:52

well done guys